Anne Adamson (B.A., P.G.C.E., Dip.Th.)

  • Guide editor

Anne Adamson has taught English in a grammar school, comprehensives in Yarmouth and Grimsby, a sixth form college and an independent school. She now works for Rutland Adult Learning and is an A level senior examiner for AQA. 



Chris Akhurst (B.A., Ac.Dip.)

  • Guide editor

Chris Akhurst has taught English in a range of 11 - 18 schools and as a part-time teacher/tutor to PGCE students. He now works as an editor.


Margaret Barker (M.A. Cantab.)

  • How the Bible came into being
  • The Apocrypha

Margaret Barker is an independent scholar, a former President of the Society for Old Testament Study, and the author of thirteen books in the field of biblical texts.


David Barratt (M.A., M.Ed., Dip.Th.)

  • The selected poetry of G.M.Hopkins text-guide
  • Selected poems of the Metaphysical poets text-guide
  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles text-guide
  • Literary titles from the Bible
  • How poetry works articles
  • Historical background articles
  • Author biographies

David Barratt studied at the Universities of St. Andrew’s, Oxford and Liverpool, receiving Masters degrees in English and Education. He has taught extensively in England, Pakistan and the U.S.A., and for many years was Senior Lecturer in English at Chester College (now the University of Chester). He continues to be an A level examiner and team leader, with many years’ experience.


Rev Howard Bigg (M.A., M.Phil.)

  • Books of the Bible
  • Famous stories from the Bible

Howard Bigg read Theology at Cambridge and carried out research on the Synoptic Gospels. He was Director of Studies in Theology at Hughes Hall, Cambridge before he retired, and supervised students in New Testament studies for many years.


Dr Linzy Brady (PhD) 

  • The Taming of the Shrew text-guide

Linzy Brady studied at the University of Sydney and taught English in the UK prior to her PhD reasearch on Shakespeare in the classroom. She has edited and co-edited editions of The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, MacbethThe Tempest and Richard III for the Cambridge School Shakespeare series.



Rt Rev Colin Buchanan (D.D., M.A.)

  • The influence of the Book of Common Prayer on the English language

Bishop Colin Buchanan has edited three major collections of Anglican eucharistic liturgies worldwide, and has written extensively on the history of the Prayer Book from Cranmer's time to our own. For 29 years he edited the Church of England's monthly journal of liturgy, News of Liturgy, and has also been the author of many booklets and liturgical studies in the Grove Books and Alcuin/GROW series. He was a consultant editor for the recent Oxford Guide to the Book of Common Prayer.


Dr Paul Cavill (B.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.)

  • Common sayings from the Bible

Paul Cavill is Principal Research Fellow for the English Place-Name Survey and Lecturer in English Studies at the University of Nottingham. His principal research interests are in place-names and the language and literature of the Anglo-Saxons, but he has also written on proverbs and the Christian tradition in English literature more widely.


Rev Dr Adrian Chatfield (B.A., M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.)

  • The history of the Church in England

Adrian Chatfield has been involved in theological education in England and Southern Africa since 1988, most recently at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and now Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He has taught Church History, Systematic Theology, Pastoral Studies, Worship and Spirituality. His research fields include the Radical Reformation, Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity, and the Gospel in an Afro-Caribbean context.


Heather Coombs (M.A. Cantab., Dip. Ed. Oxon.)

  • Hamlet text-guide
  • The Handmaid'sTale text-guide
  • Measure for Measure text-guide
  • The Winter's Tale text-guide
  • Various Big ideas from the Bible

Heather Coombs was formerly Head of English at Nottingham High School for Girls, where she taught A level English Literature, Language, and combined Language and Literature. She is on the English Subject Advisory Panel for the AQA examination board, and has published Keats and Shelley in the 'Authors in their Age' series. She regularly gives talks on Shakespeare.


Susan Coyne (B.A., P.G.C.E., Dip. Acting & Musical Theatre)

Susan Coyne studied at Leeds and Nottingham universities before teaching English and Theatre Studies up to A Level for a number of years. She has also trained and worked as an actress and is a Lay Reader in the Church of England.


Dr Dee Dyas (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.)

  • Emeritus Editor

Dee Dyas is Director of the Christianity and Culture Project, founded in 1999 to equip students with the necessary cultural tools to study literature, history and art significantly influenced by Christian thought and spirituality. The Project is based at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York. Relevant publications include Images of Faith in English Literature 700-1500: An Introduction. (Longman, 1997); Pilgrimage in Medieval English Literature, 700-1500. (D.S. Brewer, 2001); Images of Salvation: The Story of the Bible through Medieval Art, a CD-ROM Teaching and Learning Resource (2004); The Bible in Western Culture: The Student Guide. (Routledge, 2005); Pilgrims and Pilgrimage: Journey, Spirituality and Daily Life through the Centuries. (CD-ROM), (2007).


Dr Cleo Hanaway-Oakley (D.Phil. Oxon)
  • Co-author Dubliners text-guide

Cleo Hanaway-Oakley studied at Oxford, developing a specialism in Modernism and the work of James Joyce. Her DPhil examined the interrelationship between the work of James Joyce and early cinema. Also interested in phenomenology, until recently she worked as Knowledge Exchange Facilitator for the University of Oxford's Humanities Division.


Ann Hardwick
  • Wide Sargasso Sea text-guide

Ann has recently retired from her role at Nottingham University as Subject Specialist in Literature and Undergraduate Courses in the School of Education.


Malcolm Hebron (M.A., D.Phil.)
  • Impact of Global exploration
  • Astrology and astronomy

Malcolm Hebron teaches A Level English Literature and History of Art at Winchester College. His publications include Mastering the Language of Literature (2003) and Key Concepts in Renaissance Literature (2008, both published by Palgrave).


N. A. Hopley (M.A. (Cantab), P.G.C.E., D.M.S.)
  • The World of the twentieth century articles

Nigel Hopley studied History at the University of Cambridge. He taught History and Politics in state secondary schools for 39 years. He has 33 years' experience working in turn for each of the three main examination boards and is currently a senior GCSE History examiner and a GCSE History controlled assessment adviser and moderator.


Keith Johnson (B.A., P.G.C.E.)
  • Wuthering Heights text-guide
  • Teachers’ worksheets on various text-guides

Keith Johnson is a teacher of English and Assistant Head of Sixth Form at a leading midlands Grammar School. He is also an A Level examiner for Edexcel and a School Governor. Keith has had teachers' guides for English Literature A Level texts published.


Robin Kemp (B.A. (Hons); M.A.; P.G.C.E.)
  • Aspects of narrative

Robin Kemp studied at Keble College, Oxford University. Head of English in two comprehensive schools and a deputy head teacher, he has taught A Level Literature for over thirty-five years in five schools and is currently teaching the latest AQA Specification B.


Michael Kerrigan (M.A. Oxon.)
  • Impact of classical literature
  • Big ideas from the classics

Michael Kerrigan has written widely on all aspects of history and literature. His books include Ancient Rome (BBC, 2001), Greece and the Mediterranean (BBC, 2001) and The Ancients in Their Own Words (3C, 2009). He was co-editor of the Reader's Digest Illustrated History of the World (2003–7) and has written study guides on Shakespeare and Jane Austen.


Sue Kim (B.A. (Hons); P.G.C.E.)

  • Persuasion text-guide

Sue Kim studied English at Leeds University before teaching English KS3-5 in the UK and America. She has also taught English as a foreign language in South Korea. She currently writes and runs a smallholding near Seattle.


David Kirkham (M.A.)

  • Great Expectations text-guide
  • The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale text-guide
  • English Bible translations

David Kirkham is a former University Lecturer and Head of English in a comprehensive school. He is currently a senior examiner of A level English Literature for specifications in the UK and abroad. He is a Series Editor of the Cambridge School Chaucer.


Martin Leckebusch (M.A., M.Sc.)

  • Culture and sung Christian worship

Martin Leckebusch is the author of almost 400 hymn texts including a collection of 150 based on the whole book of Psalms. Martin works in IT.


Sue Love (B.A. (Hons); Cert Ed.; M.A.)
  • The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale text-guide

Sue Love studied English and American Literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury and English Studies at the University of Nottingham. She has worked as a Further Education College Lecturer and as a part-time Tutor / Counsellor  for the Open University, part-time tutor for the Workers' Educational Association, and part-time tutor in the University of Nottingham's Department of Continuing / Adult Education teaching both adult liberal education courses and literature modules on the B.A. in Humanities.


Dr. Elizabeth Ludlow (M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.)
  • British expansionism
  • Industrial revolutions
  • The selected poetry of Christina Rossetti text-guide

Elizabeth Ludlow recently completed her PhD on 'Christina Rossetti and Biblical Typology' in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. She is currently teaching Romantic and Victorian poetry to undergraduate students. Her research interests include Victorian literature, biblical criticism, and feminist theory.


Andrew Marfleet (M.A. (Cantab), M.Ed., Ph.D.)
  • Portrayal of women in literature
  • Courtly love ethic

Andrew Marfleet taught English for many years, and was Head of English in two different schools, before moving into university research. He has worked for the University of East Anglia and for Cambridge University, and has written and spoken on things educational over many years. From 1996, he worked as an Ofsted inspector and consultant, taking early retirement in 2007.


Dorothy Mountford (B.A. (Hons); M.A.; P.G.C.E.)
  • The selected poetry of Wilfred Owen text-guide
  • Teachers' worksheets on the selected poetry of John Keats
  • Only Connect contributer

Dorothy Mountford has had a long career teaching English to A level in a sixth form college where she was Vice Principal. She has also taught English, as well as Theatre, as part of the International Baccalaureate.


C Musters (B.A. Hons)
  • Various Big ideas from the Bible 

Claire Musters studied English and Art in London and is now an author and editor. She has written many articles and books, as well as Bible study guides. Her books include Prayer, Jesus, David: A Man after God’s own Heart, Insight into Managing Conflict and Insight into Self-acceptance.


Prof. Helen Phillips (B.A., M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.)

  • The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale text-guide

Helen Phillips is the author of many books and articles about medieval literature, including An Introduction to the Canterbury Tales: Reading, Fiction, Context (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2000), and an edited collection of essays, Chaucer and Religion (Cambridge, 2010).


Sarah Phillips (M.A. (Cantab), P.G.C.E.)
  • Teachers' worksheets on various text-guides
  • Teachers' worksheets on intertextuality with the King James Bible - various texts

Sarah Phillips studied English at Cambridge, and subsequently completed teacher training and a Farmington Fellowship on the relationship between English and the Bible at Oxford. She is a teacher, now part time, but formerly responsible for KS5 English at a large 11-18 school.


Valerie Pope (B.A., M.A., M.C.I.E.A.)
  • The Color Purple text-guide
  • Aspects of Drama (Restoration onwards) articles

Val Pope studied English and History at Durham University before teaching Englsih and Drama to GCSE and A Level. As well as being a Head of English for twenty years and a Senior Examiner for AQA English Lit. for the past ten years, she also has an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University.She currently teaches Drama and Theatre History and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Educational Assessors.


Peter Preston (B.A., M.A., Cert.Ed., F.R.S.A.)

  • Frankenstein text-guide
  • Dubliners text-guide (co-author)

Peter Preston (1944-2011) was formerly Director of the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Nottingham, where he then became Special Lecturer in English Studies. He published annotated editions of texts by Arnold Bennett, Charles Dickens, D.H. Lawrence and Katherine Mansfield, and wrote a book-length chronology of Lawrence as well as many essays and articles on nineteenth and twentieth century authors. He was an experienced teacher.


Trevor Roff  (B.A. (Hons);  P.G.C.E.)
  • Othello text-guide
  • Various Famous stories from the Bible

Trevor Roff graduated from the universities of London and Southampton. He has taught English for 40 years, half of that time as head of department, in both state and private education, in England and Zambia, and at both A level and GCSE. He is the author of four books: three teenage novels published by Scripture Union and an adult book on Christmas Carols self-published.


William Ruff (M.A. (Oxon); P.G.C.E.)
  • King Lear text-guide
  • The selected poetry of John Keats text-guide

William Ruff read English Language and Literature at St John's College, Oxford and was, for many years, Head of English at Nottingham High School. He has also taught adult education courses on Shakespeare, Medieval Literature, Milton and Romantic Poetry. Since 1993 he has combined teaching with the role of classical music and opera critic of the Nottingham Post.


Rachel Rudman
  • Changing Language resources

Rachel Rudman is an experienced teacher and examiner in A Level English Language.


Linden Martindale (B.A., M.A., P.G.C.E.)
  • Recognising poetic form articles
  • Changing Language resources
  • The White Devil text-guide

Linden Martindale studied English at Lancaster and Salford universities.  She has had a long career which has included teaching English at a sixth form college, comprehensive schools and an independent college, where she was a team leader.  She continues to teach A-level English and has experience of a number of different specifications.


Dr. Jo Soliva (B.A, M.Phil., PhD.)
  • Changing Language resources
  • The Great Gatsby text-guide

 Jo Soliva has taught English at Manchester University, an 11-18 comprehensive school and an independent college, where she was Head of English. She has also worked for AQA for over ten years, examining GCSE English, AS English Language and AS English Literature. She is currently enjoying researching and writing about all aspects of English, with a particular focus on Language Change.



Rev Dr David Spriggs (D.Phil., B.A.)

  • The Bible in English culture
  • An overview of the Bible narrative
  • Reading the Bible

David Spriggs carried out Old Testament Research at Oxford University for his D.Phil. He has written several books and articles relating to the use of the Bible and is Bible Society's Consultant for Bible and Church. He has also managed their partnership with Cardiff University which has published three volumes on The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Practice.


Dr Serena Trowbridge (B.A.(Hons), M.A., Ph.D., SFHE)
  • Equus text-guide

Serena Trowbridge is Lecturer in English Literature at Birmingham City University, teaching on poetry, gender, Victorian literature and Gothic. She has written on Gothic, nineteenth-century poetry and prose, and the Victorian lunatic asylum, as well as Pre-Raphaelitism. Recent publications include Christina Rossetti's Gothic (Bloomsbury 2013); Pre-Raphaelite Masculinities (Ashgate 2014); Insanity and the Lunatic Asylum in the Nineteenth Century (Pickering & Chatto 2014).


Diane Walker (B.A., P.G.C.E.)
  • Various Famous stories from the Bible
  • Historical background articles

Diane Walker studied English Literature and Latin at Hull University. She is an experienced teacher at both secondary and primary levels and has written over 30 books on topics such as R.E., assembly and literacy. She has worked as a consultant for the BBC and has provided Inset training nationally.


Dr. Carolyn Whitnall (B.Sc. (Hons); Ph.D.)
  • Various Big ideas from the Bible

Carolyn Whitnall works as a university researcher in the field of cryptography, and has (co-)authored a number of published articles in her field. She carries the mindset and skills of ongoing learning into her personal interests, which include theology, philosophy, and literature. She enjoys writing, especially poetry.


Heather Williamson (B.A., Cert.Ed., M.B.E.)

  • Various Big ideas from the Bible
  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles text guide


Heather Williamson has carried out research in Linguistics at Cambridge and taught English at all levels. She has written both A Level study notes and poetry and was recently awarded an MBE for her work in education and the community. She is a Lay Reader in the Church of England.


Ira B. Zinman (B.S., J.D.)
  • An introduction to Augustan literature

Ira B. Zinman is a lawyer, writer, filmmaker, and independent scholar who specialises in the Biblical and spiritual elements in Shakespeare’s Sonnets. He has taught and lectured extensively on Shakespeare, having presented on Shakespeare’s Sonnets at the Ohio Shakespeare Conference. He is the author of Shakespeare’s Sonnets and the Bible: A Spiritual Interpretation with Christian Sources (foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales).